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Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin (Photo by Alexandra Valenti)
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Colvin & Earle, together again for the first time For Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin, collaboration was a long time coming

By Holly Gleason “The land lady just realized what these guitars are worth, and she said she’d pay for it,” Steve Earle explains, getting back …

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The Maines Brothers Band, 2015: (from left, standing) Kenny Maines, Steve Maines, Lloyd Maines, Donnie Maines, Jerry Brownlow; (from left, kneeling) Carey Banks, Richard Bowden, Randy Brownlow (Photo by T.G. Caraway)
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The Maines Boys are back in town As the Maines Brothers Band prepares for its 50th anniversary reunion concert this weekend in Hub City, Kenny Maines reflects on the legendary Lubbock band’s enduring appeal and back catalog.

By Thomas D. Mooney The ’70s and ’80s were boom times for the West Texas music scene, with songwriters and bandleaders like Joe Ely, Butch …

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Merchants of Red-Eyed Soul: Kevin Russell and his medicine men (and women). (Courtesy Shinyribs)
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Q&A: Kevin Russell of Shinyribs The leader of Austin’s most happening good-times band on the making of “I Got Your Medicine,” his recipe for cooking up red-eyed soul and where he gets his “hot-poppin’” threads.

By Rob Patterson Things are looking bright — or one could say shiny — for Austin’s Shinyribs right now. What began as a side project …

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Q&A: Aaron Watson The “Underdog” country music sensation talks about his new album, “Vaquero,” staying the course, keeping the faith, sticking to his independent Texas roots, and why he’s not bothered when some folks call him an up-and-comer after 18 years and more than a dozen releases.

By Mike Ethan Messick In the last decade and a half of independent Texas country music, few artists have been as steadfast and reliable as …

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Q&A: Tift Merritt The North Carolina songwriter on moving forward, coming home, working with Sam Beam and His Golden Messenger, and writing "Stitch of the World"

By Scott Schinder Tift Merritt’s sixth studio album, Stitch of the World, finds the North Carolina-bred singer-songwriter-guitarist delivering some of her most potent country-soul songcraft …

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Jeremy Plato takes the wheel on the Departed's new album, "In Retrospect." (Photo courtesy Cody Canada and the Departed)
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Q&A: Jeremy Plato of the Departed With the new country covers album “In Retrospect,” the Red Dirt bassist steps into the frontman spotlight

By Kelly Dearmore Cody Canada and the Departed have been through quite a few changes since their debut just five years ago. They introduced themselves …

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